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This half day interactive workshop will explore current social science research about the negative impact of gender stereotypes on sixth form girls and their career choices. It will be aimed at the sixth form girls of the Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP). 

The organisers have invited a local celebrity guest speaker, recent MAP alumni and other local young people who are interesting role models, offering a challenge to the often limiting career choices for girls.

MAP (formerly Tamarside Community College) is a mixed all through school located in Kings Tamerton. It is sponsored by Plymouth University, Cornwall College and Plymouth City Council. Full sixth form provision only started in 2011 and there is a wide range of academic and vocational opportunities on offer. 

Research shows that girls are significantly less confident about their career prospects than boys, and have very different attitudes to what they seek in a career – attitudes that significantly affect the types of jobs they secure. Sixth form boys are much more confident about their job prospects, while girls are anxious about their ability to land a good job. 

Both genders already perceive the job world as one where men are paid better and face better prospects.

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Biography: Dr Virginia Fisher

Ginny is Associate Professor in HR and Leadership Studies at Plymouth University and Associate Head of School (Graduate Studies) at Plymouth Graduate School of Management. She researches and publishes in the area of gender and management, sits on the University equality committee and has provided diversity training and consultancy services to a number of organisations over the last 30 years.


Biography: Dr Sue Kinsey

Sue is Associate Professor in HR and Leadership Studies at Plymouth University and Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) at Plymouth Business School. Before joining HE, Sue worked in a range of HR roles, including Equality and Diversity, in financial services. Her research interests include a strong focus on the construction of gendered identities at work.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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